March 21, 2017: The Centre for Career Counseling and Job Placement in collaboration with Career Pakistan arranged a talk on “how to lead a successful career” for undergraduate and graduate students. For that matter, Mr. Faham Ahmad –HR Director PepsiCo was invited to speak to our students. In his address to the students, he emphasized that a career path that is expanding today could easily shrink tomorrow — or next year. It’s important to see where job growth is expected, especially in the career fields that most interest you. Besides knowledge of these trends, the other advantage of conducting this research is the power it gives one to adjust and strengthen one’s position, one unique selling proposition.
He further added that one of the keys to job and career success is having a unique set of accomplishments, skills, and education that make one better than all others in one’s career.
Moreover, he explained that one of the remarkable outcomes of career planning is picturing oneself in the future. Where will you be in a year? In five years? A key component to developing multiple scenarios of that future is researching career paths.
The session concluded with some brainstorming exercises followed by a Q/A session.
March 1, 2017: CCJP organized a workshop on Resume Writing and Personal Branding for the students of graduating class. During this workshop the students were trained on how to write an effective CV/resume and how to brand oneself to win an interview. Trainees were introduced to the changed requirements of a highly competitive job market where an eloquent resume is the only gateway to an accomplished job.
This resume writing training was aimed at anyone who wishes to enhance their resume writing skills. It has given participants the basic skills and knowledge needed as a foundation from which they can later develop the specialist skills of planning, preparing, questioning, communicating (oral, verbal and written), active listening and presenting.
The workshop was conducted by Mr. Muhammad Talha Salam, an alumnus of IBA, Karachi and NUST and has more than 13 years of corporate and academia experience. He is also a Certified Professional Resume Writer (CPRW) from Professional Association of Resume Writers & Career Coaches (PARW/CC). Overall, the workshop was proved to be a great learning experience for the students.
The Centre for Career Counseling and Job Placement in collaboration with Career Pakistan organized a talk on the “Opportunities in Telecom Industry on January 17, 2017. For that matter, Mr. Rizwan Tiwana – CEO Wateen was invited to speak to the students. Mr. Tiwana has over 19 years of diverse experience in telecom industry including leading large scale operators and global network vendors from different parts of the world.
In his address to the students, Mr. Tiwana spoke about existing & future opportunities for women in Pakistan telecom market, gender balance in Telco operators and about the key skills for being successful in Telco market. The talk was followed by a Q & A session. The session was proved to be very informative and was much appreciated by the students.
Ms. Rida Sohail, Assistant Manager at the office of Career Counseling and Job Placement, Women Institute of Leadership and Learning visited USA for International Visitors Leadership Program by the US Department of State. During her three weeks stay (May 14, 2016 – June 4, 2016) at Washington DC, Rochester, NY; Phoenix/Scottsdale, Arizona; Indianapolis and Chicago, she had a chance to meet with the professionals and career advisors from US public and private universities and community colleges and learned about how they are facilitating and mentoring students towards career planning leading to successful job placements.
Beginning with Washington, DC, she met with the professionals from the American University, Georgetown University, US Department of State, US Department of Education, Potomac Job Corps Centre, FFA, Junior Achievement etc. where she learnt about university career center programs to mentor students, facilitate recruiting and job placement and about public-private cooperation in career preparation and training.
At Rochester, New York, Ms. Sohail met with the career advisors at Rochester Institute of Technology, Monroe Community College, Eastern Monroe Career Centre and West Irondequoit Central School District Technology Education Department and learnt about how they are allowing students to enhance their skills towards career and technical education even handicapped and at-risk students.
Furthermore, she had a great learning experience to know about the policies and strategies in developing students’ academic and career goals in their primary, secondary and at higher education level and also about the practices for mentoring at-risk and other students after meeting the professionals at the institutes and career services centers at Phoenix, Indianapolis and Chicago.
Ms. Rida Sohail, Assistant Manager at the office of Career Counseling and Job Placement, Women Institute of Leadership and Learning has been selected for International Visitors Leadership Program by the US Department of State. The International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) is the U.S. Department of State’s premier professional exchange program. Through short-term visits to the United States, current and emerging foreign leaders in a variety of fields experience this country firsthand and cultivate lasting relationships with their American counterparts.
This year the theme of the program is Job Placement Centres and Career Planning. Under which Ms. Sohail will receive training on the education-to-employment strategies that can help Pakistani educators, policy-makers, and career advisors support the future Pakistani workforce in career preparation.
The program will help professionals and career advisors to guide students toward fields of aptitude and to institutionalize the concept of job fairs and career counseling in general. Ms. Sohail will get first-hand experience of how career planning and guidance is prioritized in each stage of the U.S. educational experience. She will also learn about career education best practices and tools as well as organization of job fairs and private sector recruiting through university networks.
The program will empower her to better guide Pakistani students in making individually appropriate career choices and to reach their goal of becoming skilled and marketable employees.
May 03, 2016: CCJP arranged a comprehensive session on Career Development and Counseling. For this matter, Mr. Yousaf Rai, Managing Director at VIRE HR Solutions along with Mr. Ali Butt visited LCWU to conduct the session. The session was divided in two halves.
First part was dealt with career development and branding oneself in the corporate sector, self-differentiation for market competitive edge, CV writing, email etiquettes and cover letter writing do’s and don’ts.
The second part of the session focused on current job market trends and on foreign education counseling. The session was followed by a Q/A session.
April 5, 2016: The Centre for Career Counseling and Job Placement organized a recruitment drive for the students of Management and Administrative Sciences to be a part of the dynamic team of the Superior Group. For that matter, Superior Groups HR officials, Mr. Muneeb Ahmab – HR Business Partner, Mr. Daniyal Ahmad – HR Officer and Mr Saqib Mehmood – Manager Operations visited the campus, collected resumes and conducted on campus interviews of the prospective candidates.
Feb 4, 2016: The Career Counseling and Job Placement office in collaboration with Student Financial Aid office organized an informative session on Amal Career Prep Fellowship program in partnership with PEEF. For this matter, Ms. Sarah Farooq – Program Manager at Amal visited LCWU to inform students about Amal Academy and its fellowship program. In her address to the students, she stated that Amal Academy is an education startup launched by a team of Acumen Fund and Stanford MBA / MA alum and Amal’s approach is to create a model platform – through blended learning fellowships and teacher training.
She further added that Amal Career-Prep Fellowship is an intense three months leadership program that helps students to achieve a quality job and reach their professional dreams, specifically by developing critical business skills (e.g., English speaking, business writing, leadership, interviewing, resume, etc.). She told students that applications for Career Prep fellowship is now open and by enrolling in and completing this fellowship, fellows will be able to successfully secure a job within one month after completing the fellowship.
Feb 3, 2016: The Centre for Career Counseling and Job Placement invited officials from Nestle’ including Mr. Nabeel Ahmed – Corporate Recruitment Specialist and Ms. Iqra Mahmood – Project Intern, to conduct a Career Drive for the students of Management Sciences, Engineering and Computer Sciences. The career drive began with the information session about Nestle Pakistan, its nationwide operations and why it is one of the best employers in the industry. Students were shown employee testimonial videos, were told about how it is to be a part of Nestle, were made aware of recruitment and selection process at Nestle’ and how to apply for their current openings i.e. Management Trainee Program, sales, engineering and supply apprenticeship programs, internships and lateral positions. The Career Drive was followed by Q&A session, career counseling session and CV collection of the potential candidates.
November 23, 2015: The Centre for Career Counseling and Job Placement invited officials from the Institute of Cost and Management Accountants (ICMA) to deliver a Career Counseling Session regarding career prospects of CMA and ACMA profession. The guest speaker for the seminar was Ms. Kiran Hameed – Officer Admission and Career Counseling, ICMA, Lahore.
Ms. Kiran Hameed brought into our notice about the factors to be kept in consideration while choosing a career, she told students on how cost management accounting is a rewarding profession and what the diverse roles of this profession are. Questions/Answers session was also initiated. This seminar was specifically organized for the students of management sciences, economics, and commerce. Overall, the seminar was very informative and was much appreciated by the audience.
October 29, 2015: After a huge success of Nestlé’s ‘Kero-Aetimaad seminar’ from previous year, Nestlé Pakistan again organized a seminar having a theme based on Women Empowerment in Lahore on October 29, 2015 at PC Hotel. For this matter, Career Counseling and Job Placement office of LCWU was contacted to send nominations of students currently in their final year of Graduation/ Post-Graduation Degree Programs. CCJP office received an enthusiastic response from the students showing interest in participation. Out of 100 nominations, 45 students from the disciplines of Gender Studies, IR, Political Science, Economics, Fine Arts, Mass Communication, Statistics, TESOL, English Literature, Computer Science and Electrical Engineering were given the opportunity to attend the seminar. Nestlé’s seminar was proved to be an excellent opportunity for LCWU talent to learn from the experiences of successful professionals at Nestlé Pakistan. This empowerment seminar helped the participants to understand different aspects of a Working Woman’s professional life, and to learn from experiences of different female leaders currently working at Nestlé and contributing towards breaking the career stereotypes.
April 24, 2015: Education Day marks the beginning of the mini job fairs/employers meet up to be held at LCWU in coming weeks. This year instead of going towards the traditional way of organizing job fair, CCJP have decided to divide it in different sectors i.e. Education, IT, Banking, NGOs and Design and Visual Arts.
First in the series is the Education Day in which schools and universities including Alma Mater, Beaconhouse School System, British Education and Training System (BETS) and WWF were invited keeping in mind our students' strong interest towards teaching.
March 27, 2015: Centre for Career Counseling and Job Placement in collaboration with Young Leaders Organization organized a Business Mentorship Day at LCWU. An event of its kind that covered social media, branding, marketing, communication and entrepreneurship.
Guest speakers from corporate sector including Nestle, Coca Cola, Nai Baat, Brighto Paints, International Grammer School, BNU, UCP and LCCI were invited to speak to the students about art of communication, building powerful connections, unique marketing campaigns and self-discovery.
March 20, 2015: This seminar combined important information about IELTS with practical ways to prepare for the test. British Council representative, Mr. Ali Azhar explained the structure and procedures for taking the test and how the result will help the test takers to apply to universities abroad (including Hong Kong, the UK, the USA, Australia, Canada and New Zealand). In addition, students were told that IELTS preparation course teachers will share exam preparation tips and hints. This seminar familiarized students with the IELTS test format, what it involves and the type of questions they will encounter in the IELTS e